Psalm 19:12-14 ~
But who can discern their own errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
As I sat mulling over a situation, I started to have a conversation in my head with the person. I thought, "I should have said this in response." Then I imagined what he would say and my response to that, and on and on. The next thing I knew I was really angry at the guy and we hadn't even talked!
It still makes me laugh when I think about it years later, but it's something we probably all struggle with at times. Wandering thoughts can lead you down some bad paths in your mind. A thought will pop into your mind and you start mulling it over and then the next thing you know you are anxious or upset or even mad! We often dwell on things we are dealing with - problems at work, a worry, issues with a spouse or children or someone else.
Yet, in this Psalm, and in a multitude of other verses in God's word we are told to keep our thoughts pure, to keep them fixed on the Lord, to meditate on the things of eternal value. I find it interesting that King David asks the Lord to not only keep him from willful, deliberate sins but from the hidden faults. And much of our hidden faults or "sin" are the thoughts we think.
"It's impossible to control our thoughts!" some would say. It is hard but doable. When an unkind thought or worry pops into your mind, don't dwell on it. Don't keep thinking about it. Instead, pray and ask the Lord to help you. Pray, sing, memorize scripture, and replace those thoughts with other things. If need be, get up and get busy!
Let's work hard at this so that we too can say to the Lord, "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you."